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3.8
104 Ratings

Speedy

Directed by Ted Wilde
United States, 1928
Comedy, Silent

Synopsis

Speedy was the last silent feature to star Harold Lloyd – and one of his very best. From its joyous visit to Coney Island to its incredible Babe Ruth cameo to its hair-raising climactic stunts, Speedy is an out-of-control love letter to New York that will have you grinning from ear to ear.

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Speedy Directed by Ted Wilde

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1929 | Nominee: Best Director, Comedy Picture

The original title of Speedy, made at the height of Harold Lloyd’s reign as American silent comedy’s most profitable screen presence, was to be Rapid Transit, in order to reflect New York City’s burgeoning investment in quickening the pace of public transportation. The discarded title speaks to both Lloyd and director Ted Wilde’s interest in filmmaking as a tool to explore a city’s construction and development in cartographic and economic terms.
December 18, 2015
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As a comedy, Speedy is second-tier Lloyd, but it remains fascinating as a visual record of New York in the late 1920s—most of Lloyd’s films (including a NYC-set short included on the Criterion disc, “Bumping Into Broadway”) were shot in Los Angeles, and the production covers a lot of ground. There’s even a fantastic view of the city’s downtown skyline behind the Brooklyn Bridge, dominated by the Woolworth Building, which was the tallest structure in the world at the time.
December 09, 2015
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As [Lloyd] said, each—Chaplin’s final saddening aloneness and his own cheerful romantic triumph—has its place. And Lloyd had a purer sense than most of what it meant to keep audiences laughing. He was a profound student of the art of comedy, as well as one of its most ebullient practitioners.
December 08, 2015
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